Yates Trial

Jury selection begins today in the retrial of 41 year old Andrea Yates, the Texas woman accused of drowning her five children in a bathtub.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are set to begin questioning 120 potential jurors for the murder trial of Yates, whose 2002 conviction was overturned on appeal last year because of some erroneous testimony.

The process is expected to last two days.

The jury pool has already completed questionnaires to help attorneys decide who can hear the case impartially.

The 120 potential jurors summoned for the case is twice as many as usual, a common procedure for high-profile cases.

Yates has again pleaded innocent by reason of insanity in her children's 2001 deaths.

Prosecutors can't seek the death penalty because the first jury rejected it and there is no new evidence.


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